Official Appointment of Professor Hitoshi Matsubara of Future University Hakodate and Professor Fujio Tomiumi of Tokyo University as Technical Advisors

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Official Appointment of Professor Hitoshi Matsubara of Future University Hakodate and Professor Fujio Tomiumi of Tokyo University as Technical Advisors
-Promoting the Development of Advanced Solutions Leveraging the Data Assets of Satsudora Holdings- 

AI TOKYO LAB Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director: Muneharu Kitade), a group company of Satudora Holdings Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange Securities Code: 3544 Headquarters: President, Hokkaido Sapporo City, President: Hiroki Toyama), hereafter referred to as Satsudora HD, formerly announces the appointment of Mr. Hitoshi Matsubara of Future University Hakodate, and Professor Fujio Toriumi an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo as technical advisors to AI TOKYO LAB.


Since its founding in June 2016, AI TOKYO LAB has been proud to have developed and consulted on AI solutions that realize better ways of raising productivity and finding unique methods of improving operational efficiency within organizations. While only a year and four months has passed since its inception, AI TOKYO LAB has established itself as a leading AI solution partner, with many major companies within its list of clients

To accelerate the development of cutting edge AI solutions, AI TOKYO LAB made a capital alliance with Satsudora HD in June 2017. Following this event, AI TOKYO LAB has been moving forward rapidly, carrying out live testing of solutions across 190 drugstores in Japan, mainly centered in Hokkaido, developing AI solutions that connect Hokkaido’s regional point card system “EZOCA” (membership totaling 1.5 million) with data pulled from real-time POS and mission critical systems developed by GRIT WORKS, a subsidiary of Satsurdora HD.

On October 1, 2017, the Satsudora HD Group will welcome Mr. Hitoshi Matsubara, a Professor and Researcher of AI at the Future University Hakodate who served simultaneously as President of AI Research in Japan and Chairman of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence, along with Mr. Fujio Toriumi, an Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo engaged in cutting edge research in Social Media and Computational Social Sciences into the fold. Their inclusion will make it possible to integrate living experiences that close the gap between our online and offline lives, as well as develop and provide solutions that allow everyone to truly experience a work style enriched by AI.

■Profile of Future University Hakodate Professor Hitoshi Matsubara

1981 Graduated from Department of Information Science, Faculty of Science, University of Tokyo.
1986 Completed Doctoral Program in Information Engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo.
Entered the Electronic Technology Research Institute (current National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology).
2000 Future University of Hakodate, System Information Science Division Professor.
Served as Chairman of the Artificial Intelligence Society from 2014 to 2016. His books include “Do you need philosophy for artificial intelligence?”, “Shogi and computer”, “The progress of computer shogi”, “Can Astro Boy be realized?”, “Informatics of robot”, “The brain that reads ahead”.

■Profile of Tokyo University Professor Fujio Toriumi

Born in 1976.
2004 Completed the Doctoral program at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Graduate School of Mechanical and Control Systems Engineering.
An Associate Professor of the Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo since 2012, after assisting professor at the Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University.
Engaged in computational social science and artificial intelligence applied research in society.

【Company Profile】


Representative :  Representative Director Muneharu Kitade
Address :  〒102-0073 Chiyoda-ku Kudankita 1-12 – 4
Establishment :  June 2016
Business description :  · AI solution development · AI introduction consulting
Capita l:  15 million yen (including capital reserve)

Satudora Holdings Co., Ltd. (TSE Securities Code: 3544)

Representative :  Hiroki Tomiyama President and Representative Director
Address : 〒 00-2003 Hokkaido Sapporo City Kita-ku Taisho 3-1-2-18
Establishment :  August 2016
Capital :  1 billion yen

Inquiries concerning this matter

Company name :  AI Tokyo · Laboratory Co., Ltd.
Contact name :  Takahashi
TEL :  03-6380-8669
Email :



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